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Top Choice Taverna in Symi

Marathounda Taverna

Quintessential beach taverna, where the owner's goats – responsible for the delicious homemade cheese and, whisper it, the goat stew, too – nuzzle up to the tables. Be sure to sample the Symi shrimp and grilled fish…
Top Choice Fusion in Gialos

Muses

Admittedly it's a little overpriced, but this wine-red bijou restaurant run by two Argentinian brothers is Symi’s most exciting restaurant. A modern Mediterranean menu changes daily, combining signature dishes like …
Top Choice Taverna in Gialos

Tholos

There’s no more romantic restaurant in the Dodecanese than this lovely taverna, poised at the tip of Harani Bay, along the quay from central Gialos. The sunset views from its waterfront tables are stupendous, and so…
Top Choice Seafood in Gialos

Meraklis

This old-school taverna, with Santorini-blue walls decked in vintage diving photos and antique mirrors, is as pretty as it is friendly. And while its souvlakia, meatballs and roast lamb are tasty, most diners come h…
Top Choice Bar in Gialos

Tsati

Ultra-welcoming quayside bar, 100m along Harani Bay beyond the clock tower. As well as tables on a tree-shaded terrace, it offers stone benches carved into the sea wall. Cushioned and whitewashed, they're perfect fo…
Monastery in Symi

Moni Taxiarhou Mihail Panormiti

Near Symi’s southern tip, beyond the scented pine forests of the high interior, spectacular Panormitis Bay is home to this large monastery. Monasteries have stood here since the 5th century but the present building …
Taverna in Gialos

Taverna Giorgo & Maria

Bouzouki music piping across its breezy pebble-mosaic courtyard and veranda, soaring views of the gas-blue bay below, and a memorable selection of Symi shrimp, braised rabbit, pork casserole, swordfish, lobster and …
Village in Gialos

Horio

Climbing calf-crunching, knee-knobbling Kali Strata, the broad stair path that sets off from the alleyways behind the harbour, will bring you in a mere 500-or-so steps to the hilltop village of Horio. En route you’l…
Taverna in Gialos

To Spitiko

Owners Eruala and Fortes make their food with great care and zest, and while the place on the tip of Harani Bay harbour might not look spectacular, the cuisine most definitely is. Lemon potatoes, country sausage, Sy…
Cafe in Symi

Olive Tree

English-run cafe that’s a favourite morning rendezvous for the island’s expats. Sit yourself down on its vine-shaded terrace at the top of Kali Strata and tuck into a wide array of smoothies, juices, cakes, locally …